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Report: Judi Dench Eyed to Play Mon Mothma in 'Star Wars Episode 7'

January 21, 2014 (3:52 am) GMT
The 'Philomena' actress is reportedly in talks to portray the Rebel Alliance leader in the J.J. Abrams-directed film.

Another "Star Wars Episode 7" casting rumor emerges, as J.J. Abrams continues to hold off cast announcement. The latest report suggests is circling the role of Mon Mothma, the co-founder and leader of the Rebel Alliance, in the much-awaited film.

Mothma first appeared in 1983's "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi", portrayed by Caroline Blakiston. The character returned for 2005's "", played by Genevieve O'Reilly. On animated TV series "", she's voiced by Kath Soucie.

"Episode 7", written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, is slated to hit theatres on December 18, 2015. Two sequels are set to follow for 2017 and 2019 releases respectively. The script is done, and the director confirmed he did meet with "" actor .

The storyline is still kept under tight wraps, but the upcoming installment is rumored to continue focusing on Luke Skywalker (), Han Solo (), and Princess Leia (). Words are, the offspring of the classic "Star Wars" trio will be side characters before taking center stage in the next film.

Dench, known for her role as James Bond's tough boss M, was last seen on the big screen in "". Her portrayal as a real-life mother who searches for her long-lost son earns her Best Actress nomination at the Oscars. Now she is filming "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2" in India.

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